What we're about

“The theatre itself is not revolutionary: it is a rehearsal for the revolution.” Augusto Boal

Rehearse the Revolution is a friendly and informal collective of people who believe that change is possible

We meet to use the tools of ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ discovered by Augusto Boal, to co-create strategies with which to challenge injustice and inequality.

Our starting point is always to use games and activities which reveal to us our collective struggles. What holds us back? What winds us up? What are the systems keeping us down? How do these oppressions affect our lives and the lives of others?

It’s a playful, embodied process, allowing us to bypass our ‘thinking’ minds and get straight to our feelings and subconscious.

From here, we begin to dramatize those situations, co-creating a scene which represents the problems we face. Then together, we play the scene repeatedly, each time with a different person stepping in and trying a different way to overcome the problem.

Who hasn’t left a situation and thought ‘I wish I’d said this.... I wish I had done that...’

This type of theatre allows us to see ‘What would happen if....’

We stay curious. We see what others would do in this situation.
We rehearse what we could do in the future if faced with a similar problem.
We experiment with new approaches.
We are creating the future we want inhabit.

Do you feel frustrated by the injustices you see in society? Do you believe that change is possible? Do you want to challenge unearned privilege and 'norms' that keep people down?

Then Rehearse the Revolution is for you!

Do you have zero experience of drama and feel a bit nervous about it?
Not to worry - you don't need any experience, only an open mind and heart, a sense of fun and a desire for social change.
Participation in any activity is optional and you can sit back and observe at any time.

Did you take a course in Theatre of the Oppressed and would like to renew your love of it, or get some more experience in it?

Come along and build your confidence as a spect-actor or joker. If you'd like to contribute as a guest facilitator, please let me know.

I'd like everyone to be able to participate, and will be happy to make adjustments for you, whether that is about access needs, or language or anything else. Please let me know in advance what I can do to help you feel welcomed and included.

Upcoming events (2)

Rehearsal for the Revolution: Forum Theatre Part 1

The Abbey Centre

This is the first of a 2-part series of workshops where we will create something unique together; a piece of Forum Theatre! Learn about and be part of this fascinating process, from finding the idea, to staging and performance. Forum Theatre is a way of using drama to explore things in society that are unjust and through playful games, consider what strategies are available to change them. It is used in communities all over the globe as a tool for collaborative social change. Over the course of this workshop we will collectively devise short pieces of Forum Theatre on topics which concern us. Previous topics which have emerged through our process have included gentrification and the housing crisis, the hostile environment, sexual harassment on public transport, racism in recruitment. Come with ideas of injustices you see in society that you would like to explore. This is the first workshop in a series of two to be held on consecutive Saturdays, allowing us to go deeper in our exploration of topics and techniques. This group is inclusive, diverse, friendly and fun. Many people come with no experience, others come because they want to refresh their understanding of Forum Theatre or build their confidence as a Joker. All activities can be adapted and non-participation is always an option so you may choose to observe at any time. • What to bring No experience required, only an open mind and heart, a sense of fun and a desire for social change. Wear comfy clothes that you can move in. Bring your own lunch. • Important to know *please join us for refreshments at 10:30 The workshop will start promptly at 11:00 and latecomers will not be admitted. *please let us know if we can make any adjustments to ensure this workshop accessible to you. We'd like everyone to be able to participate. If you have questions please message me directly. Venue: To be confirmed (London) We have seed funding from Reboot the Roots to cover half of the venue hire but need to make up the short fall with donations. The below is a guide. If you are unable to donate, please let me know in advance as we have limited funded places. Donations: Low waged: £20-£10 Medium waged: £40-20 High waged: £60-40 * If you sign up for both workshops, there are discounts: Low waged: £18 Medium waged: £38 High waged: £58 There are limited spaces. People are also expressing their interest on Facebook, so join 'Rehearse the Revolution' on Facebook to see more participants. Email [masked] to book your place.

Rehearsal for the Revolution: Forum Theatre Part 2

Needs a location

Following on from the previous Saturday's workshop, we will continue to explore and enjoy Forum Theatre. Starting with a piece devised in the previous workshop, we will devise together, developing the story and the roles. Using techniques from Aesthetics of the Oppressed, we will create the dramatic space and sound for the piece. We may also use Newspaper Theatre techniques to show the wider context of the issue. By attending both sessions you will gain an intro into the devising a forum process from idea to performance. The first workshop is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2386820254692389/ • What to bring No experience required, only an open mind and heart, a sense of fun and a desire for social change. Wear comfy clothes that you can move in. Bring your own lunch. • Important to know *please join us for refreshments at 10:30 The workshop will start promptly at 11:00 and latecomers will not be admitted. *please let us know if we can make any adjustments to ensure this workshop accessible to you. We'd like everyone to be able to participate. If you have questions please message me directly. Venue: To be confirmed (London) We have seed funding from Reboot the Roots to cover half of the venue hire but need to make up the short fall with donations. The below is a guide. If you are unable to donate, please let me know in advance as we have limited funded places. Donations: Low waged: £20- £10 Medium waged: £40- £20 High waged: £60-£40 It is possible to just attend either workshop, but there is a discount for attendance of both sessions: Low waged: £18 Medium Waged: £38 High waged: £58 Places are limited. People also express an interest in our workshops on Facebook so if you join 'Rehearse the Revolution' on Facebook you will see more participants. To secure your place, email: [masked]

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